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Tell a book by its cover You can create a PDF of your manuscript to give to reviewers or to send to an agent or publisher. They are not expecting a cover. When you create an electronic version of your manuscript - an eBook or for Kindle readers - the cover is an essential component. Indeed, if you expand the Front Matter folder in the Binder, you'll find that Scrivener makes recommendations...

PDF stands for portable data format One of the absolute strengths of Scrivener is the opportunity to output the same material to a number of alternative media - each one suiting a different audience's needs or preferences. One of the easiest formats to create, and the easiest to check, is the PDF. PDF is a paged format which - unlike .doc used in Word - doesn't rely on the page settings on...

Compiling is a straightforward process! Compiling is the final step in the self-publishing sequence. For many, it poses the greatest challenge - there are so many options, and the route to producing precisely what you want seems like a labyrinth at first sight. However, Scrivener offers so much in the way of default settings, you could produce something that's OKAY, without having to understand every nook and cranny of the options available...

I've not posted in a while, but I have a great excuse: I've been busy compiling with Scrivener and now have three versions of the same manuscript: EDITING The RedPen Way. I've learnt much much more about the power of Scrivener in the past three weeks, but the best bit (there are so many best bits!) is the flexibility of output. I explain below why I had three different forms of output, and I'll...

Manuscript preparations You can click on the Compile option any time you are curious to see what the 'finished' product will look like. It makes sense though, to make sure your manuscript is as good as it can be, and 'clean' enough to export. What's a 'clean' manuscript? By clean, I mean no typographical errors, typos for short: wrong spellings, missing or misplaced punctuation ...

Yesterday, I took a quick walk through the first six of the Compilation Options: Contents, Separators, Cover, Formatting, Title Adjustments, and Layout. Compilation options, Part 2 Today, I am looking at the other seven. There's nothing too exciting - or scary - but, before we start studying compiling options in detail, it's worth noting what these cover. Tomorrow, I'll explain what to do to your manuscript before you select Compile for the first...

I won't pretend that the Compile feature is simple; it's incredibly complicated. That's the 'bad' news. Compilation options, Part 1 What's the good news? The good news is that most settings are already as you might want them, so you only need to fine-tune them. And, the complexity level simply means it's incredibly powerful. There are 13 (unlucky for some?) sections (called tabs) in the Compilation Options list. What follows is a quick walk through...

One of the marvelous features of Scrivener is the Compile option. Having just finished my latest book, I've been experimenting with compiling for the past fortnight and now I'm ready to share with you all that I've gleaned. Brace yourselves! What custom format will you choose? Having written your manuscript, it's easy to export and there are numerous formats available. Whichever you choose, first, set up a Custom Format. Setting up a custom format Select Compile...